OU Lancaster Theatre Announces New Season

Cheri Russo

Updated Fri, Aug 24, 2012 11:13 am
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Ohio University Lancaster theater students in last year's production of "It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play." The play returns Dec. 6 to 9.

The Ohio University Lancaster Theatre Department has announced its new season, building on the momentum of the successful summer production of Chicago: The Musical this summer.

"The next show is Almost, Maine and it’s a romantic comedy that takes place in a magical, fictional town in upstate Maine," said A. Victor Jones, theatre director.

The show explores love and loss in a remote, mythical place called Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the sky, people who live in this magical fictional town find themselves falling in and out of love. 

Almost, Maine is considered one of the best plays of the last decade and has been honored with numerous awards.

"It’s very heartfelt. It’s multiple storylines intertwined," said Jones. "All the storylines are happening at 9 p.m. on this magical night and you find out in the end how all this comes together and how these people are connected."

Auditions are being held for Almost, Maine on Aug. 30 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Wagner Theatre at Ohio University Lancaster’s Brasee Hall. The auditions are only open to Ohio University students. The production will run from Nov. 8 to 11.

Three weeks later, the Ohio University Lancaster Theatre will then put on an encore performance of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.

"We are doing this show again by popular demand because people loved it," said Jones.

Many of the actors who were in the show last year will return to resume their roles in this year’s production. It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play will run from Dec. 6 to 9.

Jones said this summer’s production of Chicago: The Musical showed him what wonderful talent the area has to offer. The debut of the community theatre production was held during the Lancaster Festival and he’s looking forward to doing another big show, with actors from all over the region, with a Lancaster Festival debut again next year.

"We’re already planning the show for next summer and talks are in the works for that already," said Jones. "But, I am not revealing any of the ideas. It’ll be a surprise."